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Public News Service - OH: Toxics

Teri Utz Bersee of Logan County says the Nexus pipeline would threaten the future of her organic farm. (Bersee and Utz Heirloom Farm)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some Ohio landowners say the construction of a proposed natural-gas pipeline would plow up their livelihood. The Nexus Pipeline would carry natural gas through nearly a dozen Northern Ohio counties up through Michigan to Canada. Teri Utz Bersee, who runs an organic farming operatio

In February, 128 people called poison centers in Ohio regarding the use of opioids. (Cincinnati Children's)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's opioid epidemic has not let up, with reports of drug overdose deaths making daily headlines. Poison control centers are playing a vital role as medical personnel work to combat the crisis. In 2014, 2,400 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdose, and last month,

A new report suggests aggressive action to remove the threat of lead contamination in drinking water at Ohio schools. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new report suggests lead contamination is a serious and pervasive problem in Ohio schools, and calls for aggressive action to eliminate it. Research from the Environment America Research and Policy Center showed that Ohio is one of more than a dozen states failing to protect ch

Some faith leaders believe they have a moral obligation to educate communities about climate change. (Don Christner/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As a U.S. District Court begins to hear opening arguments in a case challenging the EPA's Clean Power Plan, faith leaders in Ohio are speaking out on climate change. At a gathering in Columbus today, people from diverse faith backgrounds will pray for creation and call on ele

More than 3 million Ohioans live near an oil or gas drilling operation. (Daniel Foster/Wikimedia)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- About one in four Ohioans lives near an oil or gas operation, with toxic emissions that can be threats to health and the environment. A new tool released today by Earthworks pinpoints the locations of more than 90,000 oil and gas facilities in the Buckeye State, along with the neig

Marilyn Welker of Clark County says the U.S. EPA's plans to clean up a toxic waste site aren't adequate. (M. Welker)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Ohio residents say federal plans to clean up a toxic waste site in Clark County just aren't going to cut it. The Tremont City barrel fill site contains more than 51,000 drums buried in the late 1970s. They contain an estimated 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste, in

EPA data suggests that measures to cut carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan will provide nearly $54 billion in climate and health benefits. (erdenebayar/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The saga over the merits of the Clean Power Plan continues, with the U.S. Supreme Court staying implementation of the standards pending legal challenges. But supporters are confident the standards will ultimately be upheld. Ohio is among 27 states suing the Environmental P

Some in Ohio's congressional delegation want stronger laws to protect people from lead-contaminated water, and to notify them more quickly when there's a problem. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As a small Ohio town grapples with drinking water poisoned by lead, some in Ohio's congressional delegation say a new law is needed to better address lead contamination. Water samples from five homes in Sebring tested high for lead last month, reportedly nearly five months after th

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